QPR closing in on Real Madrid's Carvalho

Published August 23rd, 2012 - 12:56 GMT

Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal with Real Madrid that will see Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho for the duration of the season. The former Chelsea defender has been told by Real boss Jose Mourinho that he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, and has recently been linked with a return to English football.

The BBC reports that the 34-year-old has yet to agree personal terms with the west London club, but that talks are scheduled to take place in the coming days.

QPR are understood to have also settled on a fee with Tottenham for England international Michael Dawson, with the defender expected to complete a transfer worth 7.5 million pounds ($11.84 million).

Dawson’s transfer is close to being completed after all parties agreed in principle to the deal. All that remains is for the 28-year-old to complete a medical and sign his contract.

The player signed for Spurs from Nottingham Forest in 2005 but has agreed to the move after being told he would not be a first choice defender this season.

QPR endured a disastrous opening day to the season as they were thrashed 5-0 by Swansea, and manager Mark Hughes has moved quickly to add defensive reinforcements to his squad.

The Guardian reports that Hughes is also keen on signing Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who has admitted he would leave White Hart Lane if he is not guaranteed more playing time than he saw last season.

The England forward does not appear to be in Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’ plans for the forthcoming season, with widespread reports linking the club with a move for Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao.

Damiao finished as top scorer with six goals at the London Olympics as Brazil won the silver medal.

Tottenham have been interested in the 23-year-old for some time, and are hopeful of reaching an agreement with the player’s club Internacional before the end of the summer transfer window.

The Daily Mail reports that Spurs are also close to completing a deal for attacking midfielder Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk, with a fee of 20 million pounds said to have been agreed for the Brazilian.

Willian was close to signing for Chelsea earlier in the summer, before the Champions League winners pulled out of the deal.

The player is seen as an ideal replacement for playmaker Luka Modric should the Croatian complete his proposed move to Real Madrid.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring a midfielder to the club following the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona, with conflicting reports linking the Gunners with a number of different replacements.

British daily Metro reports that Arsenal are set to reignite their interest in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, after the French club confirmed interest from Spurs Zenit St. Petersburg and a third unnamed party.

Wenger was believed to be close to completing the signing of M’Vila before talk of a transfer cooled following reports about the French international’s temperament.

British website CaughtOffside.com suggests that Arsenal are more likely to pursue Newcastle’s Ivorian international Cheick Tiote.

Tiote was highly impressive at the heart of Newcastle’s midfield last season and has also been linked with moves to both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Toon boss Alan Pardew has previously admitted concern that he would be unable to persuade Tiote to stay should a club come in offering Champions League football, although the player has expressed a desire to remain on Tyneside.

The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal will instead focus on completing the loan signing of Real Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Both Liverpool and Tottenham have also approached Real about taking Sahin on loan, although the player is thought to prefer a move to a club competing for the Champions League.

The Mail add that the loan agreement will include an option to sign the player permanently next summer should Arsenal choose to do so.

Inter Milan have completed the transfer of striker Antonio Cassano from city rivals AC Milan with Giampaolo Pazzini moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Milan will also receive an undisclosed fee for former Roma and Real Madrid forward.

“The Nerazzurri have signed the Bari-born striker on a permanent deal from AC Milan,” a statement on Inter’s website read. “He has signed a two-year contract which runs until June 2014.

“Inter Milan can [also] confirm the permanent transfer of Giampaolo Pazzini to AC Milan.”

Cassano has been vocal in his criticism of Milan’s decision to sanction the departures of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris St. Germain, and has spoken of a desire to leave the club.

“After what has seemed like a lifetime I’ve joined the club that I support,” Cassano said after completing his move. “That’s important to me, if you’re a fan of a club you give your all. It will put a smile back on my face.

“Will I score on my debut? The important thing is being ready in time for the Pescara game.”

Inter president Massimo Moratti told the Gazzetta dello Sport Tuesday: “Signing Cassano is an interesting move. I hope he can do well. He’s an interesting player and I hope he’ll be useful. We’ll be very happy if Cassano brings his enthusiasm with him.”

Matthew Rowlands


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